On a steamy evening a couple of weeks ago, we had an extraordinary model pose for us at Old Town Artists.
I set out to focus on lines, strong shadows, and to have fun.
Check, check… and… check.
The pose was really statuesque, with a unique twist in the near arm & hand. You just make out her hand placed jauntily above her hip, deep in the black/blue shadow.
Some of the light / dark contrast were lost, in favor of caustic colors and energetic line work, as you can see from the pencil sketch:
The composition also tightened up quite a bit. The male artist in the background, for instance, is much closer to the edge in the final piece. The mirror was also a spur-of-the-moment addition which I think really adds a nice counter-point. It’s drawn in an almost cartoon-y style that’s an extension of the spontaneous feel in the main figure.
Before beginning the main pose (above) there were a few warm-ups. I’ve included the best one of those below:
Stick around for a few more recent watercolors in the next few posts. I’ve been busy!